HOSPICE patients have been reaching for the stars with a new art project.
The painting depicts iconic bridges in County Durham and was painted as part of the St Cuthbert’s Hospice art project.
It was unveiled by former astronomer Sir Arnold Wolfendale.
The scene was painted by three visitors from the day hospice.
Sir Arnold visited the hospice to talk about the art project and his involvement with the vital work carried out by the Durham-based charity.
Sir Arnold, who was Professor of Physics at Durham University from 1965 to 1992, also helped art volunteer Edwin Fellowes unveil the piece, which now hangs in the day hospice’s dining room.
For the past two years Edwin has run an art class there.
Edwin said: “The guests in the day hospice have worked so hard on this piece.
“Many guests at the hospice are keen art lovers and it’s great to give them the chance to explore their artistic side.
“They create such meaningful and beautiful pieces of work and it’s a pleasure to see.”
The art project is one of many activities people at the day hospice can take part in.
Up to 15 guests visit the hospice four days a week and enjoy activities such as the art project, alternative therapies, quizzes, excursions, as well as support from highly-qualified nursing staff.
Michelle Paris, lead health care nurse, said: “The art project gives our guests an outlet to express and create and it’s been a blessing to many.
“I’m so pleased that the work the group has done is being recognised.
“I’m sure the artwork will bring a great deal of pleasure to our guests for many years to come.”